A crowd of 8000 people attended the largest Pakatan dinner in Johor on Friday, 14 September, sending shivers down the ranks of the BN.

The 800-table dinner was held at Sutera Mall near the upmarket Taman Sutera Utama residential area in Skudai, though many of those who turned up seemed to be from outside the neighbourhood.

A thunderous roar from the multi-ethnic crowd greeted Anwar when he arrived with his entourage.

Two observers, a veteran journalist and a former journalist, were struck by the range of people attending the dinner-forum, with all ethnic groups significantly represented. “They were completely unfazed by the heavy presence of police. And they hung on to Anwar’s every word until midnight,” said the veteran journalist.

Entire families were there from grandmothers to children. When Anwar spoke, some of those at the back surged forward giving the impression that some of the tables at the back were half empty.

One of the main organisers was Chua Jui Ming, and the observers were impressed with his ability to draw the people to the event.

Mat Sabu was a big hit as was Sallahudin. Anwar himself spoke about high-level corruption and the privatisation that has benefited cronies.

How does this large turnout translate to seats?

Of the 222 seats in the federal parliament, 26 are from Johor. At present, the BN holds 25 seats and Pakatan (DAP) has one. The BN’s seats are held by Umno (16), MCA (7), MIC (1) and Gerakan (1).

The two observers I spoke to felt that this time around, Pakatan could bag nine seats at least – something the BN is worried about.

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  1. Ceramah Rakyat – Masai, Johor
    Date: 27 October 2012 (saturday)
    Time: 9pm

    Venue: 29, Jalan Suria 55, Bandar Seri Alam, Masai, Johor

    all are welcome! masuk percuma!

  2. I feel so sorry for the good people living in rural areas like kampungs and orang asli reservations where they do not have access to the internet and so may swallow the fibs being sold to them wholesale. If … civil servants are spinning such untruths on behalf of their unprincipled political masters, then I suppose they must fear their BN political masters more than they must fear the Almighty God …

  3. Program Merdeka Rakyat akan meneruskan destinasinya ke Johor Bahru pada sabtu, 20 Oktober ini, jam 8 malam.

    Ceramah Perdana Merdeka Rakyat dengan tema ‘Kali Ini Pasti Tukar’ bertempat di Tapak Letak Kereta Terbuka Sutera Mall, Johor Bahru ini dikendalikan oleh KEADILAN Johor dibawah pimpinan Naib Presiden KEADILAN merangkap Pengerusi KEADILAN Johor, Dato’ Chua Jui Meng.

    Barisan penceramah akan dibarisi oleh Ketua Umum KEADILAN, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim sebagai penceramah utama, Naib Presiden KEADILAN, Nurul Izzah Anwar dan Tian Chua, Exco Negeri Selangor, Dr Xavier Jayakumar, pimpinan KEADILAN dan beberapa pimpinan Pakatan Rakyat yang lain.

  4. Ceramah Perdana Merdeka Rakyat
    Topik: Kali Ini Pasti Tukar

    Penceramah: Anwar Ibrahim & Pemimpin Pakatan Rakyat

    Tarikh: 20 October 2012, 8pm
    Tempat: Tapal Letak kereta Sutera Mall, Johor Bahru

    Percuma & semua dijemput hadir!

  5. I hope anil can continue to provide coverage on the Johor political situation. It is a key battle in the coming GE.

      • Anil thanks for your wonderful job.
        Johor is the hotbed in the coming GE, so more coverage and response from your Johor readers will be good for all to understand the situation better.

  6. According to this WSJ report, as Singapore runs out of land to expand, it is joining forces with Malaysia to develop the Johor area into Singapore’s new hinterland, with space for multinational companies, industry, tourist attractions and plenty of housing.


    Wonder what Utusan has to say since it is always anti-PAP and anti-LKY, now that Singapore is set to exploit the cheap land of Iskandar?


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